Midweek Bible clubs have begun at my church for kids and teens, from K-5 to 12th grade. Needless to say, Wednesday's at my church are chaotic — people going here, there, and everywhere, corralling kids of all ages to the right places, disciplining those who are too hopped on sugar
Perhaps the deadliest tool in the devil’s assault on the Christian faith begins with the deception that the work of salvation is only partially done. The lie is that Jesus got you part of the way, but if you really want in, if you really want to be a Christian, you have to do something else, something more, something on top of what’s already been done.
A sermon from Mark 8.
Perhaps the harshest word we ever hear growing up is also one of the shortest: “No.” “No” is a small word that packs an enormous amount of power. It has the ability to both prevent and protect. Children, however, almost singularly see the prevention side of this command, seeing “no” as only a barrier hemming them in. In reality, though, telling them no is more like a gateway to better living.
It sounds spiritual and, perhaps, very “Christian” to say, “I love God more than anything!” I want to be able to say that, and surely this should be the mindset of every believer. But I can’t say that I love God more than anything, and neither can you. Sometimes I don’t want anything to do with God.
The notion of “easy believism” predominantly has a negative connotation. Its common usage is from those who wish to squash the idea that faith alone is necessary for salvation. Or by those who deem the burgeoning message of free grace as a threat to their moralistic systems of discipleship, spiritual growth, and mentoring.
If you’re anything like me, then you love your ’80s music — especially the tried and true ballads from the seminal group, Journey. I’ve always said that if I could go back in time, I’d have their hit “Faithfully” played on repeat at my wedding.
One word that has surely been hijacked and diluted from its original meaning is the word “hope.” Nowadays, when one says they “hope so,” it’s usually said without any real certainty that said thing will occur. It’s more of a wishing and a dreaming of it to happen.
It may strike you as odd or strange to find that the notion of “faith” isn’t directly defined anywhere in Scripture. Yes, the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews quickly defines faith in chapter 1. But even there the definition is a functional one, not a philosophical one.